Morgantown-based West Virginia University uses its coliseum in a
variety of ways. The domed building houses the School of Physical
Education, and its 14,000-seat arena is used for the university's
basketball teams, gymnastics teams, wrestling teams, concerts,
commencement and more. The 35-year-old structure has seen a wide
spectrum of events in its lifetime.
However, such experiences took their toll on the building's dome
roof system. Although the original spray polyurethane foam (SPF)
roof system performed well, its original urethane-coated surface
had been recoated, possibly more than once, with a silicone-based
coating. As airborne dirt accumulated, the roof system displayed a
The university decided the original roof system would be removed
and replaced with a new SPF roof system.
"SPF was chosen based on relative ease of application," says
Robert Dye, roof consultant for RTE Technologies Inc., Overland
Park, Kan. "It offered reduced material handling compared with
board roof insulation, adhesion to the concrete deck and
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